The star has one final outing in Doctor Who: Flux – but why is she leaving the drama?
Jodie Whittaker is exiting Doctor Who after three seasons of playing the iconic Doctor herself – but why did she quit in the first place?
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The actress, who is also known for her roles in Broadchurch and Trust Me, revealed that she planned to star in three seasons before moving on since agreeing to take on the role, but did consider changing her mind when her time on the series was coming to an end.
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She explained to Radio Times: "[Showrunner Chris Chibnall] and I always said we were going to do three series together, but then when you get to it, it’s a very different thing. Sometimes it was like… ‘Are we sticking to this decision?’ There’s part of me that could absolutely say, ‘No, let’s keep going! Let’s go back on it!’
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"But to give the fans the level that they deserve, there has to be some sacrifice. You have to know when you’ve done it. When it’s my last day of shooting, that will certainly feel as if a huge part of my life is over. But as far as being the Doctor, I get to drag it out for as long as they put the episodes on for."
We're going to miss her
Mandip Gill, who plays Yaz on the series, also revealed that Jodie's exit wasn't a surprise to her. She told Metro: "It’s always been common knowledge to me that that was the deal. They were gonna go, her and Chris, after three years and start together and end together.
"So it wasn’t anything new. I do know that whilst we were filming the last episode, [she] was a bit like, 'Am I doing the right thing?' You do, you’re loving it, you’re enjoying it, it’s a brilliant job, so I think you’ll always question that, you’ll always question something even if it is the right thing to do."
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The new series is titled Doctor Who: Flux, and the official synopsis reads: "From Liverpool to the depths of space, via the Crimean war and a planet named Atropos, which shouldn’t even exist, fighting old foes and new creatures from beyond our dimension, the Doctor and company face a race against (and through!) time to uncover a universe-spanning mystery: what is the Flux?"
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